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Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge Welcome Baby Marlowe

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge Welcome Baby Marlowe
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Oops! Thanks to an errant Tweet from Sienna Miller’s eager sister Savannah, we are now in the know that Miller and partner Tom Sturridge’s first child is a daughter named Marlowe. Marlowe is an updated twist on Marlo, which was briefly popular in the 1960s. Since peaking at #831, the name has not charted in the top 1000, in either its feminine or masculine form. However, we may just be seeing the beginning the rise of a hit name, as Miller follows actors Jason Schwartzman and Thorsten Kaye in choosing this name for a daughter. Whimsical yet androgynous with a fun spelling to boot, Marlowe has potential to be a new chart-climber.

Interestingly, while the 1960s spike in Marlo’s popularity was most likely attributable to the debut of actress Marlo Thomas (who starred in That Girl from 1966 to 1971), Marlo was not the actress' given name. Thomas was originally named Margaret, and chose her name as an adult based on a childhood mispronunciation of her parents’ nickname for her, Margo. The recent upswing of Marlowe therefore represents the first time the name has held its ground on the charts as a stand-alone name.

Reminiscent of other recently popular names such as Marley, Marlowe is a rare feminine name ending in an -o sound. Other names in this club include Cleo, Echo, and the similar-in-sound Margo. The elegant -owe ending puts Marlowe in an even more exclusive name club, with Harlowe and Renowe the only girls’ names in Namipedia claiming that ending.

What do you think of Marlowe / Marlo? Are there other -o ending feminine names you like? Tell us about it in the comments.

--A.D.

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July 11, 2012 11:34 PM
By beth (not verified)

With that spelling, I immediately think of playwright Christopher Marlowe (a contemporary of Shakespeare). So it has more of a surname feel than Marlo. I like it!

July 15, 2012 11:13 PM
By AngelaAiea (not verified)

I think of Christopher Marlowe, too. Didn't think about it being a homophone of Marlo until this article mentioned it.

July 17, 2012 12:47 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

There are also girls named Monroe, Sparrow, Winslow, Window, Willow, Meadow, Calypso, and Arlo.

July 17, 2012 3:52 PM
By Alyssa

Ah right, I saw the Christopher Marlowe connection on the boys' side but didn't think to apply it to the girls name for some reason. It turns out if we'd waited one more day we would have gotten the full name scoop -- Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge. Now that's a conversation-worthy name!

July 29, 2012 5:27 PM
By Tori (not verified)

Poop! Marlowe is my top name for a girl- I hope it doesn't go all Isabella!

July 30, 2012 12:55 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

sounds like a name filled with family names. Marlowe could easily be a family name but if not, I like it. I personally see it more of a boys name but that isn't a problem in our society today. Besides Christopher Marlowe as others have mentioned, which is my first thought as well, my second thought is always Marlow from Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)... even though Marlow is the character's surname, he is almost always referred to as Marlow. I think the "e" on the end makes it more feminine.

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November 19, 2012 1:36 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I think of my boyfriend and son .. they're both Marlowe .. but I love it .. I'm not into popular names especially since mine is Jessica ..

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Sienna Miller Out With Daughter Marlowe, While Fiancé Tom Sturridge

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